Creative Synesthesia

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Art piece: Francois Boucher, The rising of the Sun, 1753

“Synesthesia is the condition where one physical sensation evokes another; it is often described as hearing colour or tasting shapes.”

This particular piece offers a very euphoric and airy final product. It features lots of muted colours which evoke a more peaceful feeling. I find that this portrays a lot of movement. The way the clouds surround the figures makes them look very weightless and floating. They seem very effortless. This makes them feel like they’re not moving yet still somehow showing how flowy their movement is. The extending of the figure’s legs also help the eye move across the artwork creating a moving path for the eye.

Touch also plays a big role in this painting. The way that the clouds are painted make them seem very fluffy and light. It makes me think of touching cotton candy and it definitely looks like it as well. The cloths that are on the figures also follow the same technique. They look soft especially the way that they fall against the skin of the figures. The folds in them make it seem almost luscious and delicate.

The artwork as a whole portrays great movement and a sense of touch. The painting technique helps with the visual fluidity of all the elements. The placement and elongation of certain details allow for movement within the painting.